Anyone who knows me knows that I normally design my own quilts. Oh… I might be inspired by a quilt that I have seen on-line, in a blog, book, magazine etc but then I am plagued with the ‘what if’s’. What if…I move the blocks around, what if I put it on point, change this or change that, made bigger, made smaller..etc..etc. How can I change the design to make it my own. My girlfriend and quilting buddy challenged me to make a quilt like a pattern in a book.
Jane chose a simple pattern called ‘Red Letter Quilt’ from Sue Pfau’s book ‘Quilts from Sweet Jane’. The rules allowed me to change the fabrics/colors and two other things (size of blocks, border, sashing etc). This was quite the challenge but the resulting quilt still had to look like the original.
Once I chose the focus fabric for the center I knew that the center and the surrounding strip sets needed to be bigger. My second change was the border. ‘Melrose’ ended up at 69×87. I took at least twenty photos trying to capture the warm tan color of the background. This is the best one. Don’t you just love my plywood backdrop.
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